COURT STOPS VETTING OF COTU NOMINEE.

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COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli .

BY NT CORRESPONDENT.

COTU has suffered a setback, after court blocked the vetting of its nominee to Salaries and Remuneration Commission.

Cotu’s nominee M’s Nelly Peris Ashubwe will not be among candidates to be vetted by Parliament department committee on Finance and National Planning on 22 August, her nomination has been questioned by Trade Union Congress of Kenya (TUC).

Employment and Labour Relations Court vacation judge Justice Onesmus Makau, issued the conservatory order, halting the vetting of COTU nominee after he was informed that her nomination to SRC was illegal and was done without proper procedure.

TUC through lawyer Alfred Nyandieka, told the court that there is eminent danger that the committee is likely to subject M’s Ashubwe to vetting when her nomination is illegal and unconstitutional.

He said that COTU nominee never applied for the job when it was advertised on 30 Janaury2018, being the constitutional requirement.

Mr Nyandieka said that COTU had previously forwarded the name John Matiang’s, hwo however declined to take up the position, saying that the trade union should have gone same process of advertising for new candidates to apply.

They further claim that they conducted interviews and nominated Mukhwaya to be their representative in the commission, and further forwarded his name to Kinyua’s office.

“To the petitioner’s utter shock and dismay, Kinyua disregarded the said name and without any basis and justification. He never forwarded it to the President.”

“Cotu arbitrarily and single-handedly, in an opaque manner, hand-picked Ashubwe as a nominee to represent trade unions in SRC,” TUC avers.

“Cotu arbitrarily and single-handedly, in an opaque manner, hand-picked Ashubwe as a nominee to represent trade unions in SRC,” TUC avers.

The restraining order of the court shall remain in place until 29, August when the matter will be heard by all parties.

The case will be mentioned on August 29 for inter-parties hearing.

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